Musical to add drama at Mercy Place

Musical to add drama at Mercy Place

MANDURAH’S Mercy Place is about to embark on a musical adventure as they convert their aged home facility into a theatre.

Charity Mind the Change and lifestyle staff at Mercy Place Mandurah are offering residents, especially those living with dementia, the opportunity to be part of the A Year With Frog and Toad production based on the books by Arnold Lobel.

The principal cast will feature five local Mandurah actors and actresses while the chorus is made up of residents.

Mercy Place Mandurah acting service manager Kathryn Murphy said meaningful activities such as the theatre project are exciting for residents.

“We’re thrilled that our home will temporarily be turned into a musical theatre,” she said.

“There is a real buzz in the air, and we very much hope that the community will come along to support our residents.”

Socialising is vital for dementia patients.

It can help give them a sense of purpose and keep them grounded while ensuring the brain stays active.

As well as the performers, many of the residents have been working alongside volunteers to create props and costumes with help from Timber’s Edge Men’s shed as well as Halls Head Bunnings.

Artistic director of Mind the Change Althea Gordon said this co-operation has given the residents a sense of community.

“The residents are very excited about being involved in the theatre production,” she said.

“They all have their own roles and are participating in the production in many ways, whether by helping with the props or being part of the chorus.”

The residents will be busily practising in the lead up to the first performance on September 19 which will run over four days before the second begins on September 26 for a further four days.

The production itself originally debuted in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been performed on Broadway.